Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).


A place of honor for a man of the soil

"We must seek to learn the limits of all soils and ecosystems before destroying them as resources, and we must determine how to use them appropriately." -- John Pesek, President of the American Society of Agronomy,  in his address to members [PDF] at their annual meeting in 1978

Marking a long and prestigious career in soil science, a portrait of John Pesek was unveiled during an October 15 ceremony in the second-floor commons of Iowa State's Agronomy Hall. Pesek is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Emeritus Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, chairing the department from 1964 to 1990. He also received the ASA's first Presidential Award, a new honor created for those whose work greatly influences the agronomic sciences. He is shown here with ISU agronomy professor Ken Moore, one of the many students that Pesek has mentored through the years. The oil portrait by American artist Liza Amir, was purchased by the department and University Museums and is part of the Art on Campus Collection. Pesek comments about soil in our newsletter, and traces the history of sustainable agriculture [PDF] at an event created in his honor.  Read ISU news release about the Presidential Award.  [Photo courtesy ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences]